Once again I sit here in disbelief that I haven’t done a blogpost since December 8th. At least it adds to evidence that I feel like I have been in a non-stop tornado for weeks. It should be slowing down now, but I am gearing up for my trek south for the winter, so it is still a whirlwind for me.
I wanted to make a few cards as samples for Scrapendipity before I left. It felt good NOT to be making a Christmas Card. I thought I would make a couple of cards with the add ons from the December Hero Arts Monthly Kit. The main kit while lovely, would not be on my personal favourites list. I did like several of the add ons and had a hard time just picking a couple to be sent with my kit.
The one I am showing here is the World Window Fancy Die. I wanted to make a Valentine’s card that wasn’t too “pretty” or mushy. To achieve this, I stuck to earthy colours and reined in the bling (ok just a bit). I really like the outcome.
I am loving the Monthly Hero Arts Kits. The large stamp set, that is just one part of the kit, provides a lot of inspiration. When you add in the dies and the add on selections that are available, the possibilities are endless.
I have a goal of making at least 10 cards in quick succession from each kit. While I haven’t finished yet, the first two cards turned out quite well. Take a look:
Somewhere along the line, I bought the die that I used for this post. I don’t know where or how I got it. I do know that I must have got it in a sale. , because it is always the impulse buys that I can’t remember. I swear that this die just jumped in my cart of its’ own accord. Then later, when I looked in my “new” drawer for inspiration, there it was. I had recently seen a video that featured a fall card with this die set and so I took that as a sign. I can’t remember where I saw the video to give proper inspiration credit. Where I live the “Fall” ship has sailed already. We are supposed to receive 12 centimetres of new snow this weekend, but since this design is perfect for fall colours, I went with that theme.
I made my own sequin mix using some Bottle Cap sequins from Brutus Monroe as the base. It turned out so well that I wished I had made a bigger batch of the mix. The die is from Sizzix and is called Multi Window Shaker die. I think it will end up being quite versatile and I will find uses for it in both cardmaking and scrapbooking. I love it when an impulse buy works out so well. The coffee cup is from Jane’s Doodles. The patterned paper, wood grain and glitter cardstocks are Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp. The coffee sleeve cardstock is from Stampin Up (Discontinued so I have to hoard it). The big leaves are from My Favorite Things
So I am on to Day 4 of the Online Card Class Wild Card.
I actually had a practical reason to make a card today. My Grandson Max turned 12 and I needed a Birthday Card for the occasion. He got his own cell phone as his birthday present from his parents. I phoned him to wish him a Happy Birthday and reminded him that Grandma was just a phone call away, should he need me.
To emphasize this event and my message, I made him a special birthday card. Now, there are two things wrong with this card. One is, he is probably not aware that phones used to come with curly little cords tying the receiver to the phone base as per my background. The second thing is I am sure he has no idea who Carole King is, or that the sentiment is a quote from the the song “You’ve got a Friend” (James Taylor). No matter, Grandma had fun making it and she means the sentiment. So ok, in the winter he has to call Phoenix, but I WILL be there.
Taylored Expressions Let’s Chat stamp set, Dienamics Blueprint 27 die, Pretty Pink Posh, Papertrey Ink and Doodlebug sequins, Foam tape, Simon Says Stamp Ink. WeR Memory Keepers Fuse Tool and plastic, Hero Arts card base and Scor Tape